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JSU Administrator Pens Book to Heighten Awareness of the Culture and Contributions of the Yoruba People

A Jackson State University Administrator is working to heighten awareness of the virtues of Yoruba Culture and Africa’s role in the origin of mankind. Bessie House-Soremekun Ph.D., is the author of “Yoruba Creativity: Cultural Practices of the Modern World”. She says many people are not aware that Africa is the birthplace of humankind. Her book is a celebration of the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, which has survived and flourished for thousands of years. Nigeria is also the birthplace of House-Soremekun’s husband who is a retired physician. They both are Yoruba Chiefs, appointed three times by His Royal Majesty, Oba (King) Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland (Nigeria). The couple is working to increase health care and business opportunities among the Yoruba people. House-Soremekun wants to help Yoruba people come to the United States to study and develop programs which will allow faculty, staff and students at Jackson State to travel and study there. House-Soremekun is Interim Dean and Professor of Political Science, of the JSU College of Liberal Arts. This is her seventh book. It is published through Carolina Academic Press.

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